Julie Høgsgaard Andersen – University of Copenhagen

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Julie Høgsgaard Andersen

PhD student, Master of Arts in Anthropology

The Research Unit for General Practice
Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5
P.O. Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen
Denmark 

Telephone: +45 353-27593
E-mail: julie.andersen@sund.ku.dk 

I’m an anthropologist specialized in medical anthropology. My current research concerns young adults with common mental disorders and other psychosocial problems who have difficulties finishing an education or keeping a job. Previously I have worked with prevention and rehabilitation in relation to chronic diseases, studying both the patient perspective and collaboration between the different sectors in the health care system.

Current research

Cross-sectorial collaboration on young adults with common mental disorders and other psychosocial problems

Ph.d.-project stated 1. May 2016

My PhD-project focuses on the increasing number of young adults in Denmark who have difficulties finishing an education or keeping a job because they have common mental disorders and other psychosocial problems. The overall aims of my project are to investigate the relationship between the young adults’ own experiences of their problems and needs and the help they receive from the municipalities and the health care system, and to investigate how the collaboration between the young adults, general practice, the municipalities and the psychiatric sector can be improved.

Data will be collected through an anthropological fieldwork in two Danish municipalities

Previous research

Decisions on participation in rehabilitation among patients with cardiac disease

This project investigated how nurses talk to patients with cardiac disease about group based rehabilitation and which reasons patients have for choosing to participate or not participate in rehabilitation. Data was collected through video recorded rehabilitation consultations and interviews with nurses and patients. The study showed differences in how much the nurses told different patients about rehabilitation. This was caused by a range of factors related to an attempt by the nurses to take their point of departure in the specific situation of each patient when taking to them about rehabilitation. The study also showed that the main reasons why some patients decide not to participate in rehabilitation are that they do not feel a need for it and that rehabilitation collides with their working hours. Patients who participate in rehabilitation mainly do so because they want to gain more knowledge on how to best prevent further disease and want to start exercising again in a safe environment.

Collaboration between general practice and municipalities on the referral of patients with chronic diseases to patient education and rehabilitation programmes in the municipalities.

This project investigated the collaboration between general practice and municipalities on the referral of patients with chronic diseases to different types of patient education and rehabilitation programmes in the municipalities. Data was collected through a qualitative study in four Danish municipalities as well as through a questionnaire study among general practitioners. Both the qualitative study and the questionnaire study showed that the main reason why some GPs refer few patients to the rehabilitation programmes is lack of knowledge about them.